A new state grant of $929,000 will go toward combating crime along the Route 1 hotel corridor in Bensalem Township.
Route 1 in Bensalem is one of the busiest areas in Bucks County. It’s home to the Neshaminy Mall, Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange, and a number of hotels.
Bensalem has 52 percent of the hotel rooms in Bucks County, according to Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran. There’s about a dozen hotels and inns within a mile of each other south of the Street Road interchange.
But this area, with its proximity to I-95, has attracted some unwanted attention as well.
Officials say the township hasn’t received any funding to offset these issues. That is, until now.
“This money is going to be earmarked specifically for EMS and law enforcement functions on the Route 1 corridor where most of our hotels are situated,” said Harran.
State Rep. K.C. Tomlinson and State Senator Tommy Tomlinson secured the funding.
“This money will directly fund undercover operations to combat drug trade, human trafficking and prostitution that unfortunately occurs right here in Bensalem Township,” said Rep. K.C. Tomlinson.
Several measures will see funding to combat this criminal activity.
A bulk of the funding, about $400,000, is expected to pay for overtime to increase police presence in the corridor. Another $200,000 will go to equipment for law enforcement such as cameras and license plate readers to catch wanted suspects coming in from other areas.
The remaining $300,000 will be used for new equipment for EMS, including a new ambulance. First responders see a disproportionate amount of calls in the area.